Project doctoral studentship, 2015-18

The Hong Kong History project has a 3-year award now open to applicants wishing to embark on PhD research in any aspect of the History of Hong Kong. The deadline for applications is 16th February 2015. We are looking for applicants interested in pursuing original research to be supervised by Professor Robert Bickers at the University of Bristol.

The studentship is funded by a generous donation from the Hatton Trust, as part of the new Hong Kong History Project, based at the University of Bristol. Possible doctoral projects could include, but will not be restricted to: subjects in the history of Hong Kong society, politics, culture and economy under colonial rule; Hong Kong elites (social, cultural and political history), individuals and families, and their interactions with the colonial government, Hong Kong society, commerce and culture; migration; entrepreneurialism; Eurasians. The research contexts for this work could include (but are not be restricted to) modern Chinese and East Asian history, modern British colonial history, or global history. It is expected that the project would require Chinese language skills.

Alongside their research, the studentship holder will help with aspects of Past Matters, a festival of history at the University of Bristol, which normally takes place each spring and includes public lectures, workshops, and a range of community events and will also run a schools or community event that emerges from their PhD research interests.

How to apply:

Please apply in writing to Professor Robert Bickers, at the Department of History, Bristol University, 13 Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1TB, or, with a formal research proposal, as well as a statement (no more than 1 page) of your suitability for a role that combines academic research with public engagement.

Please also make an online application for this studentship at Please select History on the Programme Choice page and enter details of the scholarship when prompted in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form.

Candidate requirements:  A pass at M level (or international equivalent)

Funding: Home/EU and International. Details: Home/EU: Full payment of tuition fees and maintenance stipend of £13,863 per annum. Overseas: £20,000 per annum


Follow this link to start an application.